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10:30 PM ET, August 21, 2006

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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Sources: AOL Chief Technology Officer Resigns  —  NEW YORK (Reuters)—AOL chief technology officer Maureen Govern, who oversaw the division responsible for accidentally releasing search data for more than a half a millions Internet users, has resigned from the company, according to an internal company memorandum.
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CNET News.com:
Three workers depart AOL after privacy uproar  —  update Two AOL employees have been fired, and its chief technology officer is resigning, after the release of Web search data from thousands of AOL members prompted widespread criticism of the company.  —  CTO Maureen Govern …
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Reason for leaving last job: Violated the privacy of 600,000 company customers  —  The heads have begun to roll at AOL.  This morning the company sacked its chief technology officer and two other employees for their roles in the unauthorized release of AOL user search records (see "No, no …
Reuters:
AOL CTO resigns, company to review data policy-sources  —Text+NEW YORK, Aug 21 (Reuters) - AOL's chief technology officer Maureen Govern, who oversaw the division responsible for accidentally releasing search data for more than a half a millions users, has resigned from the company, according to an internal company memorandum.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Techdirt
Kevin Maney:
AOL CTO leaves amid privacy fall-out
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6 and paidContent.org
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Now the Music Industry Wants Guitarists to Stop Sharing  —  The Internet put the music industry and many of its listeners at odds thanks to the popularity of services like Napster and Grokster.  Now the industry is squaring off against a surprising new opponent: musicians.
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Free wireless a high-wire act  —  MetroFi needs to draw enough ads to make service add profits  —  It used to be that laptop owners were just tickled to find a free wireless Internet hot spot.  —  But what was once a freebie limited to cafes, hotels and airports is now spreading citywide.
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Farecast, the airfare predictor, launches nationwide  —  Farecast, the start-up that predicts whether airfares are about to go up or down, has launched nationwide.  —  We wrote about this useful service in late June, when the company launched a test version covering flights originating from Seattle or Boston.
Discussion: SearchViews and ShoutBlog
Andrew / Treonauts:
Sprint Treo 700wx: Ready To Launch  —  According to a Palm Store employee (who took the picture above) Sprint's new Treo 700wx is now 'in stock' but the stores are not yet allowed to sell them.  An official release date (within the stores) has not yet been set but considering that they are already …
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Gizmodo:
Box Pics, Specs of Sprint's Treo 700wx Leaked, August 31 Release Date
Discussion: Gadgetell and broadbandreports.com
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Treo 700wx for Sprint in the wild
Discussion: Gadgets on the Go
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Why Steve Jobs should buy YouTube  —  Last week, I speculated as to why Rupert Murdoch would have a difficult time acquiring YouTube.  I also suggested that, with a rumored asking price of $1 billion, NBC Universal was the most likely contender to buy YouTube.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Quantum Leap for Cell Phones  —  A new no-buttons handset by Pilotfish and Synaptics signals that mobiles as we know them may soon be a thing of the past  —  It's likely to evoke the children's song inquiring, "Where's the button?"  On Aug. 21, designer Pilotfish and sensor maker Synaptics …
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Crazy Egg Launched - Visualize Visitor Clicks  —  Crazy Egg, the highly anticipated click tracking service from ACS, launched today.  With Crazy Egg, users install a code on their website to track every click a visitor makes on links, forms, advertisements, and flash documents.
Photojojo:
Photo Widgets - Shuffle Your Pics With Virtual Photo Frames for Your Mac or PC  —  Your digital camera can save 500 photos on one memory card, your iPod's got 5,000 photos on it, and your computer's packing a cool 25K.  —  But when was the last time you saw photo #143?  Or #2,486?
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Microsoft could face lawsuit over SQL Server  —  Timeline severs patent agreement after Microsoft allegedly breached its terms  —  Microsoft could face another lawsuit from a patent portfolio company over technology within its SQL Server database.  —  Timeline, of Seattle …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
"Where's the blog?" in Windows Live Spaces?  —  Remember those old Wendy's commercials where an old lady yelled "where's the beef?"  —  Well, let's play "where's the blog?"  —  First, let's pull up a list of the most recently posted Windows Live Spaces.  I did at 8:29 p.m., which is where this list came from.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Circuit City reps armed with Motion LS800 Tablet PCs  —  Somebody needs to tell Dave Zatz that a Florida trip is a winter-time trip; it's too darn hot down there in the summer!  We're just kidding; Dave is visiting family, but that didn't stop him from snappin' a quick pic …
Paul Kapustka / Paul Kapustka's Blog:
BitTorrent influenced Disney's iTunes move, exec says  —  ASPEN, Colo. — Seeing a high-quality copy of "Desperate Housewives" obtained 15 just minutes after the episode's airing was a seminal moment in Disney's corporate decision to offer parts of its content online (via Apple's iTunes store) …
Discussion: Torrentfreak and cubicgarden.com
 
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Has Google maxed out?  —  An interesting post from Barry Schwartz …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Owen Thomas / CNNMoney.com:
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
comScore Figures Show First Google Decline For Nearly A Year, But What To Believe?
Sahad / ContentSutra:
Exclusive: AOL To Launch In India Soon; Hires Key Staff
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
EQO Retools For MySpace, Social Nets
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Curious Case of the Supposed MacBook Wi-Fi Hack
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SanDisk Introduces World's Largest Capacity Flash Memory MP3 Player …
Dan / .:UNEASYsilence:.:
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Cut-Rate Downloads: A File-Sharing Fix?
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
THE ADSENSE GAME  —  Joel Comm has created a pretty nifty AdSense game …
Associated Press:
Holdout Bands Give In to iTunes
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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